We take the otters to this beach, Matahum Beach Resort, when the weather permits and especially at low tide which they love the best. The otters and dogs spend hours chasing each other.
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These otter pups were given to me by villagers at one week old to rescue, their mom was killed by poachers leaving them defenseless. We raised the baby otters to survive in the wild to be released when old enough. Two soft releases resulted in them being captured by poachers snare traps. We had to stumble in the jungle late at night going by their loud high pitched screams. They were both injured and it took a while to recover. It was decided that they are no longer suitable for release and are now Ambassadors of their kind. They have never been on a leash and follow us around the property, beach, or mangroves. They live in outside enclosures and eat 2 pounds of fresh fish each daily!
Most pet otters you see on the internet were gotten because the parents are killed to get the weaned juvenile otter pups to be sold to illegal wildlife traders. Unweaned offspring are usually left to die as they are very difficult and expensive to nurse. I have come across 6 dead babies as a result of this practice.
Otter habitats are slowly being taken over by human developments. They are now at Vulnerable status as declared by the ICUN. (International Union for Conservation of Nature)
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